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Peoples’ Self-Help Housing Celebrates 2018 NeighborWorks Week with Community Block Party and Garden Build

Peoples’ Self-Help Housing Celebrates 2018 NeighborWorks Week with Community Block Party and Garden Build

Left Photo: Community Block Party attendees of all ages took advantage of the free Zumba classes offered at the NeighborWork Week celebration.
Right Photo: Some 30 volunteers gathered to build a new community garden at Peoples’ Self-Help Housing’s Mariposa Townhomes as part of NeighborWorks Week.
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Arroyo Grande and Orcutt, Calif., June 18, 2018 – In celebration of the 2018 NeighborWorks Week (June 2-9), Peoples’ Self-Help Housing (PSHH) held two community events for its residents in San Luis Obispo County and Santa Barbara County.

NeighborWorks Week is an annual celebration of neighborhood improvement and community building activities held nationwide by national network members. Annually, tens of thousands of residents, businesses and government officials mobilize for a week of neighborhood change and awareness across the country.

PSHH kicked off this year’s NeighborWorks Week with a Community Block Party and Resource Fair held at its Oak Forest Apartments in Arroyo Grande on June 2. More than 100 attendees from seven of PSHH’s properties in San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbara counties attended the event sponsored by NeighborWorks America to learn about community services and resources.

The fun-filled day also provided a chance for neighbors to meet and to try out Zumba classes or participate in gardening activities. NeighborWorks America Regional Vice President Gary Wolfe was also on-hand to meet attendees and exhibitors. There were many partner agencies on-hand with informational materials including:

  • American Red Cross
  • Arroyo Grande Police Department
  • Cal Poly STRIDE and Family Health Research
  • Central Coast Commission for Senior Citizens - Area Agency on Aging
  • City of Arroyo Grande – Recreation Services
  • Community Action Partnership of San Luis Obispo County
  • Dignity Health
  • Foodbank Coalition of San Luis Obispo County
  • Health Insurance Counseling and Advocacy Program (HICAP)
  • Safe Routes to School Rideshare, a division of San Luis Obispo Council of Governments
  • San Luis Obispo County Public Health Department – Health Promotions Division (Oral Health, Community Wellness and Nutrition and Injury Prevention)
  • South County S.A.F.E. Family Resource Center
  • Tri-Counties Regional Center
  • University of California Cooperative Extension: University of California Agriculture and Natural Resources & University of California CalFresh Nutrition Education

Attendees also had the opportunity to enter into a free raffle to win prizes donated by Central Coast Avila Bay Aquarium; Food 4 Less; Sports Dugout; Trader Joe’s; and Valero. Additional event supporters included Blosser Urban Garden, Pacifico Pest Control, Plantel Nurseries, Sierra Landscaping, SLO Baked, Starbuck’s and Transitions Mental Health Association.

Some 30 volunteers gathered to build a new community garden at Peoples’ Self-Help Housing’s Mariposa Townhomes as part of NeighborWorks Week. View photos.

To close out NeighborWorks Week, PSHH built a community garden at its Mariposa Townhomes in Orcutt on June 9. Some 30 resident and community volunteers put on work gloves and spent the afternoon building two raised garden beds. The garden was funded by the Whole Kids Foundation and was built with the support of University of California Cooperative Extension San Luis Obispo.

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About NeighborWorks
NeighborWorks America is a national, nonpartisan, nonprofit leader in affordable housing and community development with a network of more than 240 nonprofit organizations in all 50 states, D.C. and Puerto Rico. Over the past 40 years, NeighborWorks and its network have assisted close to 8 million people through affordable housing and counseling. In 2017, the NeighborWorks network provided housing and counseling services to 455,100 people, repaired 71,300 homes, and created and maintained 43,600 jobs. The NeighborWorks network was founded and is supported by NeighborWorks America, which creates opportunities for people to live in affordable homes, improve their lives and strengthen their communities.

About PSHH
Founded in 1970, PSHH is the largest nonprofit affordable housing developer on the Central Coast and has the mission of building affordable homes and providing site-based services that offer opportunities to change lives and strengthen communities. PSHH serves low-income working families, farmworkers, seniors and veterans and provides welcoming environments for those living with disabilities and the formerly homeless. It also provides homeownership opportunities through an owner-builder, “sweat equity” program that has seen nearly 1,200 homes successfully constructed. Through its properties and offices, PSHH has a presence in San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara and Ventura counties, manages over 1,800 rental units, and employs nearly 200 staff members. For more information on PSHH, visit www.pshhc.org, email info@pshhc.org or phone (805) 781-3088.